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15 Elf on the Shelf Ideas to help you this holiday season

15 Elf on the Shelf Ideas to help you this holiday season December 6, 2016

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Ding Dong the Elf on the Shelf is dead! I know I should be sad but, I’m kinda doing a happy dance right now. Do you have a love/hate relationship with that little doll like me? How many times have you turned to full panic mode because you had forgotten to move the elf? Well, friends, here are 15 Elf on the Shelf ideas to help you out this season!

A few weeks ago, our youngest came to us asking if Santa was real and, sadly, we knew that our time of Christmas magic had come to an end. No more setting out carrots and cookies on Christmas Eve, no more sitting on Santa’s lap, or writing letters with hopes of getting everything on their list. But, hurrah for no more moving that blasted elf!

For the past 6 years, every morning after our Christmas Tree (or Christmas ladder) went up, our Elf on the Shelf, Bud E., came to visit us and y’all – I was at war with that stuffed doll for the next month. Usually it was a last minute, slight of hand type of staging just to keep the kids’ belief alive, but it was always met with a sigh and eye roll from me.

I have collected 15 of our favorite elf shenanigans for you and I hope it inspires you with more fun ideas to help you through this holiday season.

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

The Fridge/Freezer

Our elf always made his first appearance in the freezer with a note explaining his acclimation to the climate since we lived in the desert for a spell, but I think it’s still a fun hiding place regardless of where you live!

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Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Dry Erase Fun

Our elf was rather mischievous, and there was at least once a season when the dry erase marker made funny faces on a family photos.

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Bringing some treats

Our elf either brought some treats for our boys, or got into some that we had around. Seeing the elf covered in icing always brought the giggles.

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Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Snow Angels

In flour, powdered sugar or regular sugar – a snow angel is always a hit!

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

More snow angels

It was always fun to have him caught in the act, and this is a quick trick you can do with sprinkles as well.


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Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Capturing the Elf

This relieved a bit of the angst seeing our Elf in some sort of prison – at least it brought me a bit of relief. This is a great idea to have the kids wake up to.

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Romantic Interludes

Being in a house of stinky boys, dolls were definitely taboo, but I loved setting up our Elf with an old doll of mine and he reunited with her each Christmas. Long distance romance can be tough!

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Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Elf in the Pantry

Just like the movie, our Bud E. loved his syrup – and this was a fun way to quickly bring the belly laughs!

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

The interceding Elf

I loved using our Elf as the go between with Santa and the boys behavior. Little reminders were always helpful!


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Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Marshmallow Fun

This was super quick if you have toothpicks, marshmallows and a sharpie. Our elf loved building snowmen.

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Elf in the Tub

Cotton balls make for the perfect Elf bubble bath – or you can use mini marshmallows!

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Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Elf Shenanigans

And elf riding a chicken is always a win!

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Hanging from a Chandelier

Seeing your elf as a trapeze artist at dinner time always was a sure win!


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Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

Christmas Eve Morning

Just as our elf arrived the same way each year, he also left the same. On Christmas Eve morning, he made up a batch of Reindeer food for the boys to sprinkle in the yard so the reindeer know where to land.

Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!

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Becoming a Pro

Fellow mom blogger, Steph, from A Little Moore, has an awesome shop with handmade Elf costumes and accessories to trick out your elf that will definitely bring loads of laughs and smiles! You can visit her shop here to help you up your game! She even offers a printable calendar to help you stay on track with Elf ideas!

I hope this helped you out with new ideas, and while our magic is gone, we still have fun hiding our elf, and now the kids are in on it!

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Need last minute elf on the shelf ideas? Here are 15 quick and easy ideas that will make your kids smile!




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